April 1st, 2014

Rest In Peace, Frankie Knuckles

In Chicago, Frankie Knuckles was called the “godfather,” not because of any underworld connections, but because he helped build house – a style of Chicago dance music that revolutionized club culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s and still resonates around the world today.

Above is a quote that Frankie gave to a blog as advice for up-and-coming DJ’s and producers. His passion for the craft is summed up perfectly. 

Frankie, you will be greatly missed. 

March 6th, 2014

Goodnight Songs - ‘Goodnight Moon’ Author’s Poetry Published Posthumously

From Time:

Children’s book lovers are being treated to the debut of a new collection by an old favorite.

Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny author Margaret Wise Brown died at 42 in 1952, but she left behind what Publisher’s Weekly describes as a “treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts.” On Tuesday, Sterling Children’s Books released a collection of 12 of Brown’s unpublished children’s songs in a work titled Goodnight Songs.

Click here to buy Goodnight Songs!

January 8th, 2014

Happy 79th Anniversary Of Birth, Elvis! 

In honor of The King’s 79th anniversary of birth, here’s a library book checkout card that he signed as a 13-year-old. Read the full story below!

A library card bearing the signature of a 13-year-old Elvis Presley was sold at auction for $7,500, doubling estimates. The autograph is believed to be the earliest signature of the King of Rock and Roll.

The auctioneers did not expect much from the library card signed to borrow a copy of “The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson for Young Readers” from Humes High School in Memphis in 1948.

The card was discovered during a library inventory in the book about US President Andrew Jackson, one of the founders of the Democratic Party. The book was sold at auction along with the autograph.

November 7th, 2013

CPL #ThrowbackThursday - YOUmedia Summer Social Sessions: Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper performs ‘Nostalgia’ at the Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia Center in October, 2011. 

Chance has come a long, long way since this performance, and we couldn’t be happier for him. We are so proud that he had the opportunity to hone his craft at the Harold Washington Library; and wish him nothing but success in the future!


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